Seems like someone does not like my drafting method on youtube..... not sure why they are so negative when they haven't even seen the tools or tried the method out to see for themselves how simple it really is. So I forwarded the comment to some students and they replied one even went on my contact page and wrote the following:
"Maria, I'm writing to thank you so much for the pattern drafting classes I took during the last two summers. Learning to use my measurements to draft master patterns for pants, princess tops, asymmetrical tops and men's shirt freed me from the tyranny of commercial patterns that NEVER fit properly. How much time and money was wasted over the years taking useless classes and trying to make adjustments to poorly-drafted commercial patterns.
I now have closets filled with garments in fabrics and styles that suit my body. I am SO pleased with your caring instruction, careful fitting and patterns that are adaptable to numerous applications. Thank you, thank you!"
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So what do you give someone who has everything twice over at least? You make something special like a bathing suit cover up made out of a silk cotton in the beautiful lemon yellow perfect for their vacation home on the beach. When one sews one can get really creative and thoughtful. Hope you like it! Be back home soon ready to get back to work!
Hello ladies and welcome to the most exciting part of pattern making, the bodice! This is the most problematic garment for women especially anyone who is not the cookie cutter "hour-glass" shape. There are many issues created by the variations of the bust volume, there are no women who are alike in this department. There can be two women with the exact same measurements who look completely different, for example one can have a B cup and one can have a DD cup. Does that impact the fit of the garment? Of course it impacts the fit, one obviously has a larger back and is wider under the arms and one carries most of the weight at the front so how can they both get a good fit on the same style garment?
That is what these students are going to be learning in the weeks to come. The solution is much more simple than one might think, however if the adjustments are not done on the paper before the fabric is cut there is no chance of the garment fitting properly when it has been sewn. So Janet and Miriam buckle up your seat belts and follow me into this wonderful world of lines and paper and fit you will not be sorry!!!
Homework is to draft skirts using method on page 36, draft 2 more bodices using different measurements, add graphics to steps showing square placement using page 38 as a guide. Make some tank tops out of a not so stretchy (LOL), stretch fabric just to practice the drafting method and to see how they fit even before we do any shaping.
See you in a couple of weeks!
Job well done on the volants! Nita added circle volant to the neckline and armholes of a dress that looked great! Considering we have only a one hour session on Skype at a time it's really quite amazing how much this talented woman can accomplish in a short period of time. This goes to show that one can do whatever they choose to do once they put their mind to it, Nita lives in California and I live in the northern hemisphere thanks to technology we can have a class without either of us leaving home! How cool is that!
There will be no class next week, I'm taking a much needed holiday for a week visiting some friends and traveling a bit.
Homework is to draft a new generic pattern with base dart and back, another using personal measurements and sew it as well.
Next class we will cover the fish eye darts on both front and back, see you in a couple of weeks!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"